This article lists the permissions required by the Sophos Mobile Security application and describes their use.
Applies to Sophos Mobile Security 5.5Sophos Mobile Security Enterprise 5.5Sophos Cloud Mobile Security
Operating systems Android
The Sophos Mobile Security (SMSec) application requires the following permissions in order to successfully use all features provided with the app.
As a professional security app SMSec interacts very strongly, more than other apps, with the operating system. For example, it test for rooting by asking for super administrator rights (without actually using them). Furthermore it goes deeply into the file system to scan for contents in files, even in system directory. It also communicates with Sophos Mobile Control the Sophos app for mobile device management.
SMSec also make use of Google Analytics to provide us with aggregate, anonymous telemetry data, for example how many devices use a particular feature. Sophos uses this data for product support and product development (e.g. to identify features that are more or less used by our user base and require perhaps an enhancement or warrant to be dropped).
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